Savannah 10th Feb 1866
Genl R E Lee
Most Highly Esteemed Sir
I have no reason to suppose that you could possibly recollect me, and if you did it was only that I was honoured with a short interview connected with the Military defenses of Savannah. Which interview was brought about by letters from Genl H. C. Wayne & Genl H R Jackson. Hence I solicited and obtained a note from friends well known to you in behalf of my young and much esteemed friend John B. Mays for whom I ask special care and guardianship.
I know him well and pretty much all of his family surroundings
His immediate family circle I know intimately. And I heartily and cheerfully vouch for him in every point of Honor and Integrity and thus commit him to you consideration and charge.
His good mother and brothers will write you.
We have no catalogue nor have we learned from any source what state of advancement is required for entering your institution.
We therefore ask of you should he not be prepared for entering College immediately to put him under private tutorage or at some good preliminary school until he can enter.
We are also quite as ignorant as to expense. And have given him Five Hundred Dollars to pay his way as long as it will. His personal expenses will be furnished from his home.
With my best wishes
For all that concerns you
And with sentiments
of the Most Profound Regard
I am Dear Sir Your
G. W. Garmany
Notation on reverse in General Lee=s handwriting:
Georgia - Feby >66
G. W. Garmany
introducing Mr. J B.
Mays & asking advice
etc in his behalf-